Research at the Northern Research Station

Research Themes

Forest Disturbance Processes

Protect people and forest landscapes from the threat of undesirable disturbances

Urban Natural Resource Stewardship

Improve the quality of life in urban areas through natural resources stewardship

Sustaining Forests

Maintain and enhance forest productivity and benefits

Providing Clean Water and Air

Increase production of clean water and air for a growing population

Natural Resources Inventory, Monitoring, and Assessment

Establish baselines, track change, quantify threats, demonstrate effectiveness, prioritize research efforts, and understand our natural resources, and the policies, practices, and processes that impact them.

Research Units

Unit Title Project Leader Staff
1 Ecological and Economic Sustainability of the Appalachian Forest in an Era of Globalization Todd Hutchinson, (Acting) Staff
2 Sustaining Forests in a Changing Environment Todd Hutchinson, (Acting) Staff
3 Ecology and Management of Invasive Species and Forest Ecosystems Therese Poland Staff
5 Forest Inventory and Analysis Charles H. (Hobie) Perry Staff
6 Climate, Fire, and Carbon Cycle Sciences Erik Lilleskov Staff
7 Northern Forest Science and Applications Laura Kenefic, (Acting) Staff
8 Communities and Landscapes of the Urban Northeast Keith Nislow Staff
9 People and Their Environments: Social Science Supporting Natural Resource Management and Policy Stephanie Snyder Staff
11 Sustainable Management of Central Hardwood Ecosystems and Landscapes Daniel Dey Staff
13 Institute for Applied Ecosystem Studies Deahn Donner Staff
14 Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center Keith Woeste Staff
15 The Strategic Foresight Group Stephanie Snyder Staff
16 Restoration and Conservation of Rural and Urban Forests Daniel Lindner Staff

Research Lands

Research Natural Areas

Research Natural Areas (RNAs) are areas that the Forest Service has designated to be permanently protected and maintained in a natural condition.

Experimental Forests

The USDA Forest Service's Experimental Forests (EF) are dedicated to long-term research on ecosystem processes, silviculture and forest management options, wildlife habitat characteristics, and forest growth and development.

Research Facilities


A Rhizotron [Greek, from rhiza, root] is an enclosure or exclosure with at least one transparent panel that allows for non-invasive viewing of underground processes, specifically root systems.

Quarantine Facility

The USDA Forest Service Quarantine Facility in Ansonia, Connecticut, is utilized to confine arthropod pests and their biological control agents for biological control research.

Special Programs

Eastern Area Modeling Consortium

The Eastern Area Modeling Consortium (EAMC) is one of five consortia members of the national Fire Consortia for Advanced Modeling of Meteorology and Smoke (FCAMMS) established in 2001 by the U.S. National Fire Plan.

Environmental Literacy Program

The mission of the Northern Research Station Environmental Literacy Program is to integrate Forest Service Research results and sound scientific practices into local, regional, and national environmental literacy efforts.

National Inventory & Monitoring Applications Center

The National Inventory and Monitoring Applications Center (NIMAC) is a program with national scope, based at the headquarters office of the US Forest Service's Northern Research Station.

Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science

The Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science develops synthesis products, fosters communication, and pursues science in the following focus areas: Climate change, Carbon science and management, and Bioenergy.

Urban Field Stations

More than 80 percent of the U.S. population lives in urban areas, where Northern Research Station science is helping local government understand the myriad of ways that urban forests contribute to human health and wellbeing.

Last Modified: June 2, 2022